1,460 Santa Cruz, CA Architects & Building Designers

Is the scope of your Santa Cruz, CA home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a home architect to transform human needs and desires into visual concepts and habitable structures. When you hire an architectural designer, you are not only hiring someone for their architectural services, but also to manage and coordinate other parties involved in the project. As you search through interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More 
Los Gatos, CA, 95032
19 miles from Santa Cruz
J. Kretschmer, Architect is dedicated to realizing the visions and goals of our clients in their built environment through our process of communication, design excellence and... Read More
San Francisco / Burlingame, CA, 94010
45 miles from Santa Cruz
experts in modernist custom homes as well as remodel of existing mid-century homes and buildings Curt has been practicing architecture for the past 22 years. In that time he... Read More
San Carlos, CA, 94070
39 miles from Santa Cruz
Stewart Associates has been specializing in high end custom residential design in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years. Our main focus are estates in Hillsborough,... Read More
Palo Alto, CA, 94301
34 miles from Santa Cruz
Maydan Architects is a full service architecture and interior design firm, specializing in contemporary design. Maydan Architects sets its priority in providing unparalleled... Read More
Studio Schicketanz (831) 622-9000
Carmel, CA, 93921
30 miles from Santa Cruz
Studio Schicketanz of Carver + Schicketanz Inc. is a full service architecture firm providing a wide range of architectural and interior design services. We specialize in custom... Read More
Los Gatos, CA, 95030
18 miles from Santa Cruz
Rockwood Design Associates is a full service Architectural and Interior Design firm. We offer services for New construction, Remodeling, Interior Design and Landscape Design. ... Read More
Carmel, CA, 93923
31 miles from Santa Cruz
STERLING-HUDDLESON ARCHITECTURE is a diverse design firm dedicated to thoughtfully executed design solutions that inspire and enlighten people’s personal and professional lives. Read More
Burlingame, CA, 94011
33 miles from Santa Cruz
At Diebel and Company, we have been specializing in residential architecture since 1990. We listen carefully to our clients and strive to integrate your needs and dreams with your... Read More
Livermore, CA, 94550
50 miles from Santa Cruz
Licensed architect with experience in residential (custom/production homes, kitchen and bath remodels, additions), commercial tenant improvements and forward planning, including... Read More
Design Discoveries (650) 996-3489
Los Altos, CA, 94022
29 miles from Santa Cruz
I am a Residential Building Designer specializing in Remodels and Custom Homes on the SF peninsula primarily within Los Altos, Palo Alto and Menlo Park area. Read More
Campbell, CA, 95008
22 miles from Santa Cruz
Viola Interior Design Inc.'s philosophy is simple; bring artful interior design solutions, heirloom quality furnishings, & superior customer support to the fine families &... Read More
EASA Architecture (650) 343-3452
San Mateo, CA, 94010
45 miles from Santa Cruz
EASA Architecture specializes in providing creative Architectural design services with unwavering attention to detail in design, service, and execution. From difficult hillside... Read More
Kumaran Design (831) 469-0837
Soquel, CA, 95073
5 miles from Santa Cruz
We design fine homes and public spaces. They must live well – feel comfortable, be inspiring, suit their environment, last for generations, possess subtle refinement, perform... Read More
Duxbury Architects (650) 917-3840
Los Altos, CA, 94022
29 miles from Santa Cruz
Established in 1985, Duxbury Architects is a small architecture firm based in Los Altos that currently focuses on high quality, custom residential projects. The firm... Read More
Burlingame, CA, 94010
45 miles from Santa Cruz
Mark Pearcy Architecture focuses exclusively on residential projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. Drawing from over 27 years of architectural experience, Mark delivers a high... Read More
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How do I find the best architect for my home design project?


It is best to hire a home architect who will be involved in all phases of the design process, from the initial concept to the completed construction. The architect is often the first person you will hire for your project. If necessary, they might also help you select and hire California subcontractors, which can include the builders, engineers and landscape architects. Interior architects are also involved in negotiating contracts for all involved participants. It is for these reasons that it is extremely important for you to have a good relationship with the residential architect you hire. He or she can be the tie-breaking vote between you and the general contractor and can be your biggest advocate during the construction process. Depending on the interior architecture company that you hire, the scope of the work can span from pre-design environmental impact studies to selecting furniture and finishes.

As far as the process goes, the architecture firm that you choose will start with concept drawings and finish with construction drawings and documents. Some firms even design with 3D renderings and videos, but that should not be assumed. One of the most important duties of an architect is to serve as managers and supervise most aspects of construction, as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors.

It is very important to hire the right professional for the job. Remember that the most well-known or established designer might not provide the best architectural services for your needs. It all comes down to the individual project. Research and ask people whose work you like for recommendations. It's important to have somewhat of an idea of the style of house architecture that you prefer, as well as the amount you would like to spend. Architects are natural problem solvers. They will assess the entire situation and help you to solve your problems too. Don't settle for a single company too early. Call and interview a few. Make sure that you feel like your personalities will mesh well and that you like their professional perspective.

Questions to ask prospective interior architects:


  • What is your fee structure?
  • What does the cost include?
  • Do you have professional liability insurance?
  • Can you handle my special requests (ADA, LEED etc.)?
  • What types of renderings (3D, video, illustrative) will you produce?
  • What is your experience with similar projects?
  • When do you expect to start and be finished with the project?
  • What do your services include? (It's best that the services are until construction is completed.)
  • What happens when the cost exceeds the budget?
  • Can you provide me with references?
  • Would you say your work has a defining style? (This is important in case the architect's personal style will interfere with your vision.)
  • Will you help with hiring a general contractor and subcontractors?
  • What do you estimate the cost will be?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any complications you foresee with this project?


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